Honda XL700V Transalp ABS

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Honda XL 1000V ABS

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In one of Ted books, I think it was Dreaming of the later of his around the world he extolled the virtues of motorcycle at 50mph. Ted reckoned that by at half a ton the ride was stress he had time to take in his surroundings at the end of the day, he would always end up at the destination were he to have along at 80 or 90mph. Ted makes a valid point here.

and touring is about enjoying the and not so much about arriving, and I he’d have been in his aboard a Honda XL700V

The latest version of Honda’s big legend is far more than of travelling at speeds in excess of but after 6 months of living this bike I can categorically that’s definitely not what Honda is about. Up to the legal UK limit the Alp is as stress free as is ever going to get. The position, smooth motor and all slickness of this machine with a higher screen for a peaceful riding experience.

This bike is the motorcycle equivalent of lying by the pool your favourite book, and factor 30 sun cream as opposed to from the high board, your skin and hitting the for a binge drinking meltdown. may not be the best word to describe the though steady (Eddy) do fine, it’s also one of the bikes to ride you’ll come across

Okay run through a few things about motorcycle which could be before moving on to the things won me over. First off, and is a big one, this bike with 5 gears and even months of riding the machine I was instinctively looking for a 6th. Of all the I’ve ridden I don’t I’ve come across an obvious omission as the 6th gear on the – come on Honda, sort one and you make a great bike

That said, once mentally adjust to ‘I’m in and got on with riding, all was well.

up, I’d advise fitting the taller screen for protection the elements. With the higher in place it was like sitting in a which the wind and most of the could not penetrate, and visor up at 80mph is tear free. stuff.

As the Transalp does not come a centre stand as standard a good idea to have one However, the position of the centre is dictated by the catalytic converter looks as if it’s been on to the underside of this bike as an Even without the centre the Cat, reduces the ground but with it fitted I was bottoming out the on the mildest of off road ruts and

This is definitely something to into account if you’re a tour involving anything off the In fact, I’ve come a few Transalp owners who’ve with the Cat after purchasing the Sticking with off road the plastic bash plate needs to be replaced with a up aftermarket model and fortunately have that covered.

Honda supplied options to the Alp included;

Heated grips – stage adjustment and absolutely brilliant for those cold, wet

Top Box – big enough for two lids but not of the sort of quality I’d want if a spill on a desert piste

– big enough for touring but don’t the sturdy feel I’d for if buying in the aftermarket.

GPS – Honda the Garmin Zumo and I’ve no

All my riding on the Transalp has been the top box and panniers in place – as you would touring – and overall I’ve got to say, this bike is so to ride I was thinking of fitting a table to the tank for snacking on the


The 680cc V twin is enough to have some fun but not what you’d call and two up fully loaded is best as underpowered. But then that’s all If you ride like Ted and have the needs, you’ll love bike.

If you want a bike of think and pass blasts on A and B roads you’ll be looking for power. The claimed top speed is though I can’t see how you’d get that unless you launched off a big cliff. As an example; 7000rpm had the showing 98mph and the GPS 90mph, so the other 32mph (or 40 if you believe the was going to come from, no idea.

In use the engine was smooth, smooth, and comes with an indestructible reputation. Nice and nippy town, acceptable mid range and, as stated previous, I felt that it needed a 6th at around 70 to 80mph.


to legal speeds on motorways and fully loaded the Transalp provide you with stress bliss that’ll have you in the delights of the surrounding countryside and your favourite tunes a contented smile on your On A and B roads the suspension was perfect for a little fun and soaking up the worst of the UK road conditions. It was so good, at I even went looking for

However, push this above 80mph and the front end light and takes too much for my liking. And when you want to you’ll stop. The ABS linked system is superb.


The riding position was but then I’m 6ft 2in. The produced a few hot spots after a of hours, so I’d have been looking for a more aftermarket product for two week The pillion was so impressed she’d it as a fixture in our TV lounge.

Overall, and I coming back to this, like Ted and you’ll love the handling and comfort of this

Off Road

Apart from the mentioned above I’d no issues taking the Alp out of the showroom and hard packed desert or forest roads. I’ve muddied it up on more technical trails (with panniers and top box and can confirm that it’s top and needs a change of tyres for mud However, it’s more than you’d imagine for a that’s obviously been with civilisation in mind than the uncharted wilderness.

If you to cross Africa on one of these are enough aftermarket products to proof this bike and the thing stopping you would be the between your ears.

The Verdict

After six months of with the Transalp there was doubt that I’d my riding style. I was content to be when looking to pass on A and B roads, I was now driving happily at motorway speeds and I was enjoying all motorcycle touring in a way I never possible – with a stress smile on my face. The Honda Transalp is not the perfect round the bike, nor is it a great road (a bigger tank would be but if you’re into touring Ted, and looking for a bike outlive you, then you may not anything better.

Honda XL 1000V ABS
Honda XL 1000V ABS
Honda XL 1000V ABS
Honda XL 1000V ABS


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